Plunging vaccination rates are threatening President Joe Biden’s goal to have 70 per cent of American adults get their first COVID 19 shot by Independence Day.
A news outlet reported that less than 500,000 adults are now being vaccinated each day, down from a peak of 3.4 million in April.
Currently, 51.5 per cent of Americans or 170.8 million people have got their first COVID 19 vaccine. That number includes adults and also children over twelve who are eligible for the shot. When calculating only adults, 63.5 per cent have had at least one jab.
To reach the 70 per cent goal by July 4, 16 million more adults will need to have their first shot in the next 28 days.
According to the publication, that’s now going to be a remarkably difficult task, with officials missing preliminary targets by about two million doses last week.
A news outlet reported that there are only 2.4 million adults who got their first shots last week. Officials calculated that numbers need to be 4.2 million a week to meet Joe Biden’s July 4 goal.
The news outlet reported that the slowdown was throughout the US and that every state’s vaccination rates were down by at least two thirds since their peaks. The South, especially, is pulling down national numbers.
Alabama, for example, has only 36.2 per cent of its adult residents receive their first dose of the vaccine, and last week the state had only four people per 10,000 residents getting vaccinated.
Most states on the East and West coasts, however, are surging ahead of expectations.
Thirteen states, including Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, have already vaccinated 70 per cent of adults.
Several others, including New York, California and Oregon, have already had close to 60 per cent of adults get their first vaccine dose and will likely reach Joe Biden’s target.
To get 16 million more Americans to roll up their sleeves, the president has announced incentives including complimentary Anheuser Busch beer for 200,000 people and a visit to the White House.
Other states have attempted stunts like lotteries for cash rewards.
Additionally, pharmacies that have teamed up with the White House will be open for 24 hours on specific days and centres will be offering free childcare for parents.
Late last week, TODAY host Savannah Guthrie asked CDC Director Dr Rochelle Walensky if the current pace of vaccinations was enough to hit the president’s target or if a push was required to increase the daily numbers.
But is this unexpected fall in vaccinations because people are now not prepared to endanger their health on an experimental drug that was rushed to the market, to circumvent a bogeyman virus, and until now there have been far too many sheep in the world who were too idle to look into things a little closer and believed everything the media told them, and now there’s just a lack of trust, and there seems to be something sinister and obscure about the entire thing.
And why would people trust their lives with an untested vaccine? And perhaps people don’t want to be guinea pigs.
And why are they so desperate with this hard sell push?
Those that wanted the vaccine went and got the vaccine, but they’ve not even been proven to be effective. You can still get the virus – you can still spread the virus, so it seems somewhat pointless – like masks.
But people are waking up because people will never be completely vaccinated – it will be booster after booster for the rest of your life, and the government will restrict your liberties if you don’t comply.
The vaccine is available, but some people are choosing not to get vaccinated, and Joe Biden based his projection on cooperation from the people, but you can’t make people do what they don’t want to do.